HERKIMER — The Salvation Army of Herkimer will kick off its Red Kettle Campaign this weekend and received a donation to jumpstart its efforts.

The Salvation Army will start its campaign at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, in front of Hummel’s Office Supply at 114 West Albany St., Herkimer.

A news release from the Salvation Army stated the kickoff serves "as an announcement to the community that the standing red kettles, ringing of bells and counter kettles will soon be located at various businesses throughout local towns and villages."

The community is invited to join staff, volunteers and members of the Salvation Army advisory board for Saturday’s event and "are welcome to help donate to the first of several standing red kettles this holiday season."

The Salvation Army stated it is grateful for the support it has received from the community throughout the year.

"Your support is critical as we approach the Christmas season with the goal of assisting numerous families in need with gifts and meals," according to the release. "We ask that you will help the Salvation Army of Herkimer help our neighbors. The money raised stays within the localities where it is collected and reinvested in our community."

The locations for where red kettles will be set up for this year’s campaign were unavailable Tuesday.

To jumpstart this year’s campaign, the Herkimer Lions Club made a $250 donation to the Salvation Army on Tuesday and also challenges other organizations to do the same.

The Salvation Army is also seeking "many volunteers" to ring bells. Those interested, or their organization, club or class, can volunteer in either a one-, two- or three-hour shift. Contact our Herkimer Corps at 315-866-1240 and ask for Capt. John Wood. Those interested may also "like" its Facebook page at "The Salvation Army Herkimer" for more details.

The Red Kettle Campaign started in 1891 when Salvation Army Capt. Joseph McFee sought to feed poor individuals in San Francisco during the holidays.